Monday, August 19, 2013
Weekend wrap: SEC
By Derek Tyson
The college football season is nearly upon us but there was still some big recruiting news throughout the Southeastern Conference this past weekend. There was an ESPN 300 commitment, a big decommitment and several other top storylines throughout the SEC.
Here's a look at the weekend that was in the SEC.
LSU picks up big commitment
ESPN 300 wide receiver Trey Quinn (Lake Charles, La./Barbe) verbally committed to LSU on Saturday night. The Tigers, who have the 11th-ranked class in the ESPN class rankings, now have 14 commitments including an impressive nine that are ranked in the ESPN 300.
Quinn is the highest rated of all the LSU commits, but with four national top-25 and in-state prospects -- Leonard Fournette (New Orleans/Saint Augustine), Cameron Robinson (West Monroe, La./West Monroe), Speedy Noil (New Orleans/Edna Karr) and Laurence Jones (Monroe, La./Neville) -- still highly considering the Tigers, Quinn said he will do his best to help recruit those players to join him in LSU's strong recruiting class.
"I think, from top to bottom, this class will have talent at every position on the field," Quinn said. "I will let those guys know how much we want them to be a part of something special."
Unfortunately for the Tigers, Robinson, Fournette and Jones all visited Alabama this weekend. It's clear that LSU will have its work cut out for it on all four top in-state prospects.
Cameron Sims sets announcement date
Another ESPN 300 wide receiver, Cameron Sims (Monroe, La./Ouachita) announced that he will be making his college decision Aug. 24. Alabama and Ole Miss have appeared to be the teams to beat for some time, but Sims announced his top five on Twitter with a surprise at the top of his list.
There is a good reason why Sims, the No. 63-ranked player in the country, has Southern University at the top of his list. His mother and her seven siblings all attended Southern. In fact, his aunt works in the athletics office at Southern. This would be one monumental feat for Southern if they are somehow able to get one of the top receivers in the country to stay in-state instead of heading to Alabama or Ole Miss.
Georgia loses four-star recruit
Four-star safety Nick Glass (Suwanee, Ga./Peachtree Ridge) announced Thursday on Twitter that he was backing off of his pledge to Georgia. It's unclear whether it was his or Georgia's decision to part ways, but his tweet makes it appear that academic concerns could be the reason.
ESPN 300 RB has top five
Gainesville (Fla.) High School running back Tony James has two SEC schools in his top five. The 5-foot-9, 185-pound back, in no no particular order, has Oregon, Auburn, Ohio State, Kentucky and Nebraska among his top five.
Oregon, on Sept. 26, is the only official visits James has set up, but look for him to set up the rest in the near future.
James is ranked as the 12th best running back and the No. 164 player in the country.
Other news and notes
- Arkansas landed a commitment from 2015 tight end Jamario Bell (Junction City, Ark./Junction City) on Saturday night. The 6-6, 225-pound athlete is the fourth 2015 commitment for the Razorbacks.
- South Carolina picked up a verbal commitment from four-star ATH Terry Googer (College Park, Ga./Woodward Academy) on Friday. The Gamecocks now have 13 commitments, including five that are listed in the ESPN 300.
- Four-star defensive tackle Matt Elam (Elizabethtown, Ky./John Hardin) set his official visit to Kentucky for Dec. 14.
- ESPN 300 running back Derrell Scott (Havelock, N.C./Havelock) set his decision date for his birthday, Oct. 25. Scott is the No. 176-ranked player in the country.
- Four-star wide receiver Josh Malone (Gallatin, Tenn./Station Camp) visited Tennessee for its open practice on Saturday night. The Vols had an impressive 39,000 fans show up to the practice at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee, it appeared, was behind schools like Georgia and Florida State for Malone, but the Vols seem to be making up ground.